Thursday, June 21, 2018

Morning over at “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S", Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC.

We are excited to share the news that we completely finished our art installation inside Seward Park today and it is on view for everyone to see. This would not have been possible without your support! 

We will be having an opening celebration 🎉 at Seward Park on Saturday, July 14th at 1pm. We will be speaking to everyone about the installation and the inspiration behind it. 

Please let us know if you plan to attend and would like your rewards for your donation handed to you personally at the installation instead of us mailing them to you. We will also be sending a reward survey to everyone so we can obtain your email and mailing address if you need your rewards mailed to you. 

Thank you again for your generous support!




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mario of Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY in action at Seward Park, NYC, yesterday..

Thank you Fernando and the entire team at Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY for their expertise, professionalism and guidance throughtout the planning and installation. We couldn't have done it without them! Fernando gave us invaluable advice on how to print our near life-size #momandpopsles storefront photos but also fabricated and gorgeously printed them on aluminum dibond panels and coordinated their professional installation.

It is especially fitting that Unique Visuals NY did this work for us because they are a small independent business located in Greenwich Village and thereby not only are we helping raise awareness of mom-and-pop stores but also giving back by supporting a local small businesses.

Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY is at 252 Greene Street New York, NYhttp://www.uniquecopycenter.com/

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

K & Hudson over at “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S" in Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC, just now...

Thank you UNIQLO USA​, Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY​, Michael V. Ursone​, Jen Parra​, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation​, Daredevil Tattoo​, Veniero's​, The Lo-Down NY​, Bedford + Bowery​, Bowery Boogie​, E.V. Grieve​, @schamespaints, @kyungmi, @john, Untapped Cities​, & 6sqft​



Thank you Bowery Boogie!

LINK: https://www.boweryboogie.com/2018/06/mom-pop-art-installation-underway-in-seward-park/

"Husband-wife chroniclers of New York City storefronts, James & Karla Murray, have begun construction on the new outdoor exhibit for Seward Park that pays homage to disappearing mom-and-pop shops."




Hudson. Building fun over at the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, Seward park, Lower East Side, NYC

Despite the extreme heat (91 degrees) and high humidity today, along with 2 friends, John and Kyungmi, we managed to build our entire wood frame so we are all set for the dibond photo panels printed by Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY to be installed tomorrow.

We would love for you to help spread the word about supporting the Kickstarter campaign we created: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

Our Kickstarter campaign has only 9 hours left and we hope to raise some additional funds (besides the grant money we received from NYC Parks/Uniqlo) to help us cover the high costs of materials, fabrication, installation and general liability insurance for the storefront sculpture. With any additional funds we raise past our Kickstarter goal, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of small mom-and-pop stores to the fabric and character of their community.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Over at Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC working on “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”

If anyone wants to stop by and say hello, please find us in the southwest corner of the park near the children’s playground. Our rescue dog, Hudson will also be with us lending a paw so you can also say hi to him.

Thank you so much for helping us fund this colorful public art installation. We are so excited to finally see the project come to life and it would not be possible without your generosity!
Last days of Kickstarter: Help support the project:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank you Schames Paint & Hardware Supply, Lower East Side, NYC!

M. Schames & Son Paints has been in the same family for four generations. It was founded by Mendel Schames, a Russian immigrant and is now run by father and son, Marshall and Brian Schames. This photo taken in 2004 for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” is of their old Essex Street store located directly across the street from Seward Park. Sadly, the Schames family was forced to relocate their business to Delancey Street after the construction of a neighboring condo building destabilized their northern wall. We love their #vintage colorful PAINTS #signage and Brian told us that they wanted to take it with them but their new location is narrower and the sign won’t fit across the #storefront.

We are very happy that this #momandpop business survived despite the forced move and has generously supported our sculptural storefront installation “Mom-and-Pops” of the L.E.S.” by donating paint so we can weather-proof the frame trim and plywood panels that will be exposed to the elements for one year while the installation is on display at Seward Park. We can’t thank Brian and the family enough for their support.

• Please visit our Kickstarter campaign page to help us raise funds for our "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." sculptural installation: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

•Our Kickstarter campaign has only 2 days left and we need your help to raise some additional funds (besides the grant money we received from NYC Parks/Uniqlo) to help us cover the high costs of materials, fabrication, installation and general liability insurance for the storefront sculpture. With any additional funds we raise past our Kickstarter goal, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of small mom-and-pop stores to the fabric and character of their community.